"I didn't want to be a mother": The enforced lives of women who don't follow society's norms - CANCELLED

"I didn't want to be a mother": The enforced lives of women who don't follow society's norms - CANCELLED
21 February 2020, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

“I didn’t want to be a mother”: The enforced lives of women who don’t follow society’s norms

Dr Trifonia Melibea Obono, National University of Equatorial Guinea

Regrettably this event has been cancelled - we hope to reschedule at a later date.

In this talk, Trifonia Melibea Obono will discuss her feminist and LGBT activism, as well as her latest nonfiction book Yo no quería ser madre (I didn’t want to be a mother), in which thirty Equatoguinean women denounce the harsh realities of people who identify as LGBT in Equatorial Guinea.

Her talk will touch on issues including institutional and domestic violence against, and the cultural invisibility of, lesbians in Equatoguinean society and Africa more widely, but will also explore strategies for overcoming these injustices.

Trifonia Melibea Obono is a political scientist and author of four award-winning novels. She has been listed by leading Spanish newspaper El Pais as one of Africa’s top ten most influential women, and is considered amongst the most brave and avant-garde of modern African writers.

"Mi madre antes de marcharse a casa dejándome encarcelada, ordenó que no me dieran de comer, de beber, de cagar. Yo estuve sola hasta que un guardia empezó a conquistarme desmintiendo las conclusiones de los compañeros. Explicaba que yo era muy guapa, educada, formal y femenina, que no podía ser lesbiana. Gracias a él comía, bebía agua y dormía en un colchón." (Entrevistada 1, Yo no quería ser madre)

The event is in Spanish, followed by a Q&A with English translation.

All welcome - attendance is free of charge, but as space is limited, please register in advance.

This event is organised and supported by the Institute of Modern Languages Research, the Instituto Cervantes London, the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, and the Centre for International Development at Northumbria University. It is part of the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community, Translingual Strand.

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